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Plant Pilferage


Published 1966


This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft. Terrible microphone placement is one of the hallmarks of this remarkable period piece on industrial-employee relations.


Run time 32 minutes 30 seconds
Producer Francis J. Rose, Highway Safety Films
Sponsor Scott Edmonson and Rob McGlynn
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: splue - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 22, 2011
Subject: hate plant pilferage
my friend duz it a lot to my stash
Reviewer: uniQ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2011
Subject: 1960s hair could happen to YOU!
Film presenting employee thievery and ways to prevent it.

Unfortunately the presentation is one sided at best. Employees are shown to be ruthless pilferers or complaisant conspirators. Not one is shown to "do the right thing" and a couple of times, once at the beginning, they are shown going on an orgiastic pilfering frenzy, manically grabbing everything they can get their hands on. Management is only once admonished to not set a bad example (by using company workers on private projects).

Also, what are they doing with some of these things they steal? Some dude swipes a... stepper motor?

Finally, the music and closing credits are just bizzare. A saxophone?
Reviewer: recarter64 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 20, 2011
Subject: Adam 12
The young kid in the elevator at the beginning is Martin Milner later to star in TV's cop show Adam 12. This film is awesome,love the old geezer pouting at the start! Classic!
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